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(Daily News)
March 11, 2010

Trade issues with China are high in the minds of senators on the Finance Committee, judging by questions for the record posed to undersecretary of Commerce nominee Francisco Sanchez released by the committee on March 11.


(Daily News)
March 09, 2010

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said today (March 9) after a speech to the National Press Club that USTR is considering whether to launch formal legal proceedings against China under the World Trade Organization over China's censorship of the Internet.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
March 05, 2010

House members are gathering support this week to push the Obama administration to confront China with a series of initiatives aimed at forcing a revaluation of its currency.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
March 05, 2010

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk on March 3 told the Senate Finance Committee that the Obama administration is developing an approach to China trade issues at the White House level that integrates the work of various agencies.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
February 26, 2010

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis yesterday (Feb. 25) highlighted as major problems facing USTR China's indigenous innovation policy that assigns government procurement preferences based on locally developed intellectual property and planned restrictions on imported films in Indonesia.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
February 26, 2010

Some 30 companies, business groups and non-government organizations in comments released last week pressed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to make changes in this year's annual "Special 301" Report on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The recommendations range from elevating certain countries to the priority watch list for failing to protect IPR to eliminating countries entirely from any list.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
February 26, 2010

U.S. industry groups are uniformly flagging China as the world's top source of intellectual property violations, but are sending the Obama administration mixed messages about what should be done to get Beijing to improve its lax protection and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights and patents.

(Daily News)
February 25, 2010

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis today (Feb. 25) highlighted as major problems facing USTR China's indigenous innovation policy that assigns government procurement preferences based on locally developed intellectual property and planned restrictions on imported films in Indonesia.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
February 19, 2010

As China's exports continue to strengthen, the Chinese government will have the necessary political cover to begin to allow the renminbi (RMB) to appreciate in 2010, though that may not have an influence on the bilateral trade deficit with the United States, two China experts predicted Wednesday (Feb. 17).

(Inside U.S. Trade)
February 05, 2010

President Barack Obama this week said he is seeking a "reciprocal" trade relationship with China and promised to step up enforcement of China's trade obligations and fight for currency rates that do not artificially depress the price of foreign goods.

(Daily News)
February 03, 2010

President Barack Obama said in Feb. 3 remarks that he is seeking a “reciprocal” trade relationship with China and promised to step up enforcement of China's trade obligations and fight for currency rates that do not artificially depress the price of foreign goods.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
January 29, 2010

As the Obama administration enters the final stage of a policy review aimed at updating the model treaty the U.S. uses as a basis for its investment talks with other nations, business groups are providing conflicting advice on whether to include more disciplines on the activities of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in any bilateral investment treaties (BITs) it negotiates with countries like China and India.

(Daily News)
January 25, 2010

In the wake of the threat from Google earlier this month to leave China following attacks on the company's systems originating from China, the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), of which Google is a member, is urging the Obama administration to use existing trade enforcement tools to combat Internet censorship.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
January 08, 2010

In a move likely to unsettle bilateral trade relations, Taiwan's legislature this week banned the importation of certain cuts of U.S. beef, prompting outrage from U.S. executive and legislative branch officials who had earlier backed a negotiated deal aimed at liberalizing Taiwan's imports of U.S. beef.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 25, 2009

A multi-pronged, multinational diplomatic initiative is underway to persuade China to step back from granting preferential treatment for government procurement purposes to goods made with intellectual property created in China, according to U.S. government and industry sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 25, 2009

A WTO Appellate Body panel ruled this week that China may use the general exceptions found in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), such as those justifying actions necessary to protect public morals, to justify breaking commitments in its Protocol of Accession when there is a clear link between the two documents. The ruling came as the panel resoundingly rejected the merits of a Chinese appeal in the dispute brought by the United States over market access for certain intellectual property intensive goods such as DVDs, music, and films for theatrical release.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 25, 2009

The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security on Dec. 23 formally suspended the eligibility of Aviza Technology China to participate in the Validated End-User program following the sale of its assets to a Japanese firm, and the eligibility of a General Electric (GE) joint venture in India after that partnership was dissolved. In a Federal Register notice, BIS said the suspension, which means exports to the facilities in China and India will again be subject to individual licenses, is not because of a violation of the VEU requirements.

(Daily News)
December 18, 2009

The U.S. and China have settled a fight over a Chinese policy initiative that subsidized companies designated as top exporters of famous brands products after China supplied the U.S. with evidence that all of the objectionable measures had been repealed, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced today (Dec. 18).


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